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Blackstar Artist 15
At the heart of the Artist Series lies a unique power amplifier design that harnesses the tonal qualities of the revered 6L6 valve. By carefully optimising the key power amplifier parameters of the Artist Series, the Blackstar design team has created an amplifier which has the outstanding dynamics normally associated with a USA 6L6 design, whilst adding the chime and shimmer of a classic British Class A amplifier.
Pro features such as footswitching, reverb, master volume and effects loop augment the sonic experience, making the product completely equipped for today’s exacting performance requirements.
As with all Blackstar products, reliability is paramount. The Artist Series has been subject to countless hours of endurance testing, both in the laboratory and in live performance meaning you can rely on the Artist Series night after night in the most demanding gig environments.
This flexibility, tone and quality is delivered with a visual elegance worthy of the world’s greatest stages and performers. From the metallic thread in the classic paper fret to the embossed Blackstar detail on the luxury leather carrying strap, nothing has been left to chance in delivering the Artist Series - The New Classic.
The 6L6 power valve is revered for its big, bold American clean tones. The Artist Series runs its 6L6s in an open loop configuration further accentuating the resonant bottom end and chiming treble response. This gives the Artist power amplifier a unique sound and feel, lying somewhere between the USA sound you would expect and a British Class A tone. A further benefit of this open loop design is that the increased gain produces more singing power amp distortion – the most natural and desirable of all overdrives.
Artist Series are the perfect amps to run your pedalboard into. Their beautifully articulate clean tones have a clarity and natural response that will deliver every nuance of your playing. As both channels are configurable for clean you can have two different tonal options to deliver your pedalboard’s sound at the press of a footswitch.
Channel 1’s stripped down channel design is simplicity itself. The Volume and Tone controls offer just the right amount of adjustment on drive level and treble frequencies to drive the power amplifier to the optimum level, depending on your style and sound preference. Here the emphasis is on signal integrity and hence the nuances of your guitar, pedal and playing style will cut through with brilliant clarity.
Channel 2 offers a new level of clean and crunch flexibility. Featuring Blackstar’s patented ISF control, the widest possible variation in tone is available. Set counter-clockwise the ISF configures the tone stack to a US response, tightening the low mids and emphasising the treble and presence frequencies. Moving the control clockwise, continuously varies the tone towards a more British response, where the low mids are emphasised for a warm, ‘woody’ clean or crunch reminiscent of classic British amplifiers from years gone by.
The ISF control allows you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings in a way that has never before been possible. The whole tone stack response (i.e. Bass, Middle and Treble) is moved yet the tone controls remain fully interactive, just like in a regular tone stack.
The ISF control is continuously variable between all the traditional responses allowing you to effectively design your own sound.